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Equality Vines Partners With The League of Women Voters

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Equality Vines Partners With The League of Women Voters and Releases The19th Amendment Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc handcrafted by Alison Green-Doran and Pinot made by Bryan Vais,

$2 of each bottle sold will be donated to the League of Women Voters

Guerneville, CA - Equality Vines, the world’s first cause wine portfolio dedicated to equality for all, today announced the release of two wines under the 19th Amendment label, a 2016 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The newest labels in the Equality Vines portfolio honor equality for women and were handcrafted by artisan winemakers Alison Green-Doran of Crane Family Wines and Bryan Vais Bailiwick Wines. The Equality Vines team has chosen The League of Women Voters as its first partner organization under the ‘Suffrage Series’ and will donate $2 of every bottle sold to the organization.

"According to the 19th Amendment, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex," said Jim Obergefell, Co-Founder. "The Equality Vines team celebrates this simple yet powerful statement giving women an equal voice in our government, leading to efforts for gender equality in pay, opportunity, healthcare, and more. We are proud to include women winemakers and support organizations fighting for gender equality as our portfolio grows."

“It is a great honor to be working with the team from Equality Vines and to know that each and every sip of this Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir will support voting rights for all,” said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters. “The League was founded in 1920 at a time when women did not experience the full rights as citizens. Today we are still fighting to expand access at the ballot box for all eligible voters.”

Both wines are available online at, in the new tasting room that is opening soon and located at 16215 Main St. in Guerneville, and selected retailers nationwide.

Tasting Notes:

Sauvignon Blanc — Complex nose of white peach, tropical mango fruit, and light jasmine and passionfruit notes came from the Patient Terrier vineyard, and its crisp dry entry and long persistent finish show light musque and ripe pineapple flavors. Sauvignon Blanc can make many different styles of wine, but we love the sense of place this wine evokes year after year.  The  Sauvignon Blanc has a big luscious nose with casaba melon, nectarine, vanilla, and lychee. Satiny palate with green gage plum and more casaba melon and vanilla wafer flavors. Though the wine is dry, the finish has a silky texture and lingering Babcock peach flavors.

Pinot Noir — Like a close friend, this is an immediately comfortable wine, offering a scent of vine ripe strawberries and bright cherries that give way to blackberries and a hint of sandalwood. On the palate the 19th Amendment is elegant, complex and above all balanced. It finishes with the signature minerality of the soils from which these grapes were harvested by hand at night, in pre-dawn hours.

About Equality Vines:

Equality Vines is the world’s first cause wine portfolio dedicated to equality for all people. The portfolio is inspired by Dr. Marilyn Shultz, the aunt of Equality Vines co-founder Matt Grove, who in 1971 led the class action discrimination suit against NBC and its affiliates that ultimately re-shaped the company. The first Dr. Marilyn Shultz Tribute Wine, Love Wins Cuvee, honors Jim Obergefell and the late John Arthur, whose landmark Supreme Court case declared that all states must allow and recognize same-sex marriage. A Pinot Noir named The Decision has also been released and supports LGBTQ causes. In 2017 the company will release wines focused on Women’s Equality and also open a tasting room in the town of Guerneville, CA. For more information visit

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | [email protected]


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